Living Data

Living Data

2018 Presentations


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Lens on Health: Indigenous, biological & mechanistic views
Evolving installation, Graduate School of Health, University of Technology Sydney (UTS)

Evolution of the Lens on Health

As artists and as scientists we generate and pass on knowledge about the things we most need to know and care about. Like how natural patterns of plant and animal behaviours are changing with harmful human impacts on our environment, and how impairments in human movement may be accurately diagnosed and treated.

Inspired by the Breath of Life installationcreated by Canadian artist Eveline Kolijn, spheres are being made to combine what we know from Aboriginal Australian culture and Western science, about relationships between human health and the health of our environment: physical, biological, spiritual.

An installation is evolving to reflect these relationships through similarities in forms that we use to describe natural processes, and feelings of connection to these. For example, organic forms revealed in brain scans by UTS neuroscientist Alana McCambridge, can also be seen in the 'x-ray' painting of a fish by Aboriginal Australian artist Paul Davis (Guindri).

The project has attracted contributors from within and beyond beyond Australia. This opens up the potential for a global picture to evolve, with Indigenous Australian perspectives combined with Indigenous perspectives from other countries. What data and art relate specifically to the health of Australia, and what to the health of our global 'village'?


Left: Lens by William Gladstone & Lisa Roberts
for pooling art and science.
Right: Breath of Life installation by Eveline Kolijn, combining plant and animal forms.

Lens installed in the Graduate School of Health,
Level 4, Building 7, UTS.



Left: Brain scans by UTS scientist Alana McCambridge, and fish and water spirit by Yuin man Paul Davis (Guindri).
Right: A discarded lamp serves as a support for our first experiment in combining art and data.


Dr Alana McCambridge is a lecturer in the Graduate School of Health, Discipline of Physiotherapy. Her research in the Clinical Neurostimulation Laboratory uses noninvasive brain stimulation techniques in humans to better understand neurological movement disorders such as stroke and dystonia. By increasing our understanding of the neurological deficits that are present in these movement disorders, new rehabilitation strategies can be developed to improve motor performance and reduce motor impairment.

Dr Alana McCambridge (PhD) UTS profile, 7 March 2018


The Living Data Lenswas developed by William Gladstone and Lisa Roberts for pooling knowledge from art, science, and Aboriginal Australian perspectives. Art and data for the Lens on Health come from UTS, the Australian Antarctic Division (AAD), Eora Aboriginal College (TAFE), the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA), and beyond.